Monday, April 20, 2009

Serving God

As I just returned from a Kairos prison ministry weekend, I was struck by the great amount of service that many volunteers give.

I am faithful in my Kairos ministry. I go to the reunions (making about 9-10 a year) and serving 1-2 Kairos weekends a year (depending on the date of the fall weekend - they often schedule the fall weekend for Coffield on the same weekend as Diocesan Convention). But I am not as faithful a servant as many others in Kairos. Duncan (my table leader this weekend) serves two units and is active in AA and other ministries. Jim and Gary serve as volunteer chaplains and spend many weekends and weekday evenings at the unit.

One problem with too many in the Church today is that they want Jesus as savior, but not as Lord. They want to worship, but not to serve. Or, as a friend of mine once put it, a lot of people want to serve God - they just want to serve Him as advisors.

When you look at your life, ask yourselve how Jesus is manifested as Lord in your life. Where is your obedience to your Lord? Where is your service to your Lord? Having Jesus as Savior is rather easy. Having Jesus as Lord is much more difficult. During the Great 50 Days, has yourself how Jesus is Lord is manifest in your life and how you can show it forth.

Phil Snyder


Andy said...

Great thoughts on a Monday Phil/.

In the past, I've rolled around the idea of "Jesus, Your Lord or your Lifeguard?" I believe it would preach, but it would be a task to exegete.


Dale Matson said...

I work Fridays at a rehabilitation hospital. It allows me to blend my work as a Deacon and my former work as a Psychologist. I continue to be amazed how well listening works as a simple but effective treatment in this setting. Even for those that refuse the offer of prayer (and they are fewer than one would expect)they are happy to see someone who is not "on the clock" and has whatever time it takes to listen. Many have physical rehabilitation presenting issues but the more important issue might be the recent loss of a spouse. The volunteer plays a significant role in treatment efficacy.